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Backyard Dogs By Sharon Freilich Here are some drills to develop or sharpen your weave pole skills. When working on entries, a set of six poles is enough because I don’t want to wear my dog out weaving a set of 12 when it is the entries that I am concentrating on. There are some pretty tough entries and exits to the weave poles here, so break it down if necessary and build on success. Have fun and keep your eye on the goal! Figure 1: There are so many weave pole skills to be worked on with this setup! Here are two, but I’m sure you will be able to come up with more: a. Lead out with the dog on your right. Handle #1, #2, and #3 on your right. Do a front cross between #3 and #4, serpentine #4, #5, #6, turn the dog to the right at #6. Keep the dog on your left for #7, #8, and #9. Are you able to get halfway to #8 while the dog is still in the weave poles? That should be your goal. b. Lead out with the dog on your right. Do a rear cross at #3, handle the serpentine on your left, and do a front cross at #7. Finish up with #7, #8, and #9 on your right. that you are still working on, toss a toy back to the end of #5 as you start to pass the plane of the weave poles. b. Lead out with the dog on your left and send him to the weave pole entrance. Do a front cross at the end of the weave poles and do a rear cross at #5. Jumps #6 and #7 will be on your left; send to #8 and do a front cross at the end of the weave poles, finishing up with the dog on your right. Figure 2: Again, there are many options for handling this drill. Here are two: a. Do a lead-out pivot at the entry of #3, handling #3 on your right. Hopefully you don’t have to go all the way to the end of the weave poles because I would like you to try doing a front cross at #5. Finish up with the dog on your left. If this is a skill Figure 3: Lead out just beyond #2. How far forward and how far laterally you can lead out will depend on the dog’s understanding of weave pole entries. Do a front cross at #4 and again on the takeoff side of #8; I hope your dog didn’t duck behind you to the weave poles. Finish up with #8 and #9 on your left. 5 4 7 3 6 6 8 7 7 6 5 3 8 4 5 8 9 2 3 2 4 2 9 1 8 10 2 9 3 1 1 1 Clean Run | November 12

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - November 2012

Clean Run - November 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out

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